Review: Fool Me Once by Katee Robert

fool me onceReviewed by Joanna

Snarky gothy geek girl hates huge hunky cowboy. All the way from grr to rawr.

Aubry is a wee bit antisocial. Well that’s an understatement – she hates all people bar her best friend, Jules. She makes her money creating websites for people from the safety of her apartment and seldom goes out due to crippling social anxiety. She’s also a crack shot on the online game Deathmatch and one day gets invited to play the alpha test of a new release at a gamers’ convention. Dream come true, except Aubry can’t handle people or crowds. [Read more…]

Review: Foolproof Love by Katee Robert

foolproof loveReviewed by Joanna

This is a cute, small town pretend-relationship love story involving a crazy cat lady and a bull riding rodeo cowboy. Yup, that’s what’s happening here.

Jules is the classic small town girl, and she’s completely unashamed of the fact. She runs a cat café and looks kindly on old ladies. Bless her. One night at a bonfire, she hears that her ex, Grant, is back to take a position at his father’s law firm. He’s a total douche, and when he left for college, he dumped our Jules and told her she was too boring to stay around for. What a piece of work. [Read more…]

Review: Wrapped and Strapped by Lorelei James

wrapped and strappedReviewed by Jaimie

Wrapped and Strapped is the seventh book in the Blacktop Cowboys series by Lorelei James, and I have to say no one writes a hot cowboy quite like Ms. James. Pretty much everyone in this series is related to or knows someone else in the series, so even though it’s a new couple, chances are we’ve already read something about each of them before. In this installment, we get Harlow (sister to Tierney from Wrangled and Tangled) and Hugh’s story. You might recall if you follow the series that Hugh works for Renner who is married to Tierney – see, everyone knows everyone! [Read more…]

Review: Forever and Always by Leigh Greenwood

forever and alwaysReviewed by Shelly

So I found out something interesting about the author, after I read the story. It’s a dude! To say I was shocked is an understatement. I really liked this story. I liked everything about it, even the whole ‘dying’ story line. That part was actually quite legitimate and if you can put yourself in the time and place of these characters, I have a strong feeling that you would too.

This is the 3rd story in the Cactus Creek Cowboys series and although I didn’t read the first 2, this read as a stand-alone. I didn’t feel left out at all. Cactus Creek is a small town that’s typical of its time. There’s usually a couple of families who have the majority of the wealth and it’s no different here. [Read more…]

Review: Bad News Cowboy by Maisey Yates

bad news cowboyReviewed by Carrie

If you’ve been following my reviews, you already know that I’m a fan of this author’s contemporary small town romances.  Even though they are sexy and with a good dose of humor, Maisey Yates digs deep into the characters to produce an emotional journey.

Kate Garrett didn’t grow up like other girls her age.  Kate’s older brothers, Eli and Conner, became her de facto parents when Mama Garrett abandoned the family when Kate was a toddler and Papa Garrett decided to live the rest of his life in a bottle.  Up until recently, Kate was just fine with her simple life of working at the farm and garden store, riding her horses and hanging out with her family.  She didn’t have much in the way of outside friends because of their home situation, save Liss, Conner’s best friend/now wife and Jack Monaghan, her brothers’ constant companion and thorn in Kate’s side. [Read more…]

Review: Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy by Victoria Vane

sharp shootin cowboyReviewed by Shelly

Unlike the first 2 books in the series, this isn’t about the Knowlton family or anyone on their ranch. But I enjoyed it just as much as I have the earlier installments. What I am enjoying tremendously in this series is that the last two books have been about war veterans – that’s appealing to me.

Spending the last eight years as a Marine sniper, Reid Everett’s home for good. He’s out of all that sand and heat and happy to be back in Wyoming working on the ranch he’s known all his life, doing what he loves to do. Haley Cooper, the wildlife biologist, is all about making the world a safer place for wolves. She’ll give up everything including friends and family to make that happen. [Read more…]

Review: Hired by the Cowboy by Donna Alward

hired by the cowboyReviewed by Shelly

This is a new to me author, but the blurb was too angsty for me to pass on. Single and pregnant, Alexis Grayson is having a terrible day. After a shopping trip to get her prenatal vitamins, she’s on the sidewalk when she starts feeling faint. Thank goodness that Connor Madsen is there and still knows how to treat a woman, much less one in distress. After a short conversation and some intuition, Connor finds out that Alexis is pregnant and they go their separate ways. Connor has problems of his own. His ranch and way of life are in jeopardy. The only way that he can afford to stay afloat is by dipping into his trust fund money and as he’s not only enough at 30, his only way around that is to get married. I’m a fan of the ‘married before falling in love’ theme. [Read more…]

Review: Rough Rider by Victoria Vane

rough riderReviewed by Shelly

I enjoyed this the second book in Victoria Vane’s ‘Hot Cowboy Nights’ series much more than that first. The first story was about younger brother Wade and after reading that one, I really wanted to read about Dirk Knowlton- the older, obstinate, battle scarred war veteran. If you read the first story you’ll remember Dirk and Janice Combes. Vane did something interesting with this one, it doesn’t pick up from the first book as a traditional book two might – instead we get to see Dirk and Janice’s story when it initially started, some 10 years prior and it works it’s way up to present. Although this can really be read as a stand alone from Wade’s story, there are some nuances with Dirk and Wade’s current relationship that would be explained by reading these stories in order. [Read more…]

Review: Slow Hand by Victoria Vane

slow handReviewed by Shelly

I’ve read Victoria Vane’s historicals and have thoroughly enjoyed them. But you know how it is when one of your favorite authors switches genres – you just never know if the writing style will survive the jump. This is the first of Vane’s Hot Cowboy Nights series.

Nicole Powell’s estranged father just died and she’s on her way to small-town Montana to do what she needs to do and get out. While at the airport waiting for his flight, lawyer/cowboy, Wade Knowlton sees Nicole having her own personal meltdown over her flight. After some internal debate, Wade gives up his seat to Nicole and decides to drive home. Well lo and behold – they both end up in the same destination and it turns out that Wade is Nicole’s father’s lawyer. Small world, I know. [Read more…]

Review: Rodeo Dreams by Sarah M. Anderson

rodeo dreamsReviewed by Jen

I’m not normally a big reader of contemporary romance, but I am always such a sucker for a scarred hero, I couldn’t turn this one down.  I found it to be a quick and easy read.  I ended up enjoying it for the most part, though I had a few small niggles that kept it from being a home run.

Jane is a Native American college student who has never wanted to be anything but a bull rider.  Unfortunately, it’s a man’s world and no one wants to let her in to the boy’s club, no matter how good she is.  [Read more…]